Fairfield High Preparatory School
As part of a five-year strategic initiative, Fairfield City Schools developed a plan to improve its school buildings — from aesthetic renovations and additions to major technological advancements for contemporary student learning objectives. Fairfield Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin spearheaded this initiative, and he sought out TURNERBATSON to help Fairfield High Preparatory School reach the next level of educational excellence. Aspects of the improved high school campus would include an athletic field house, exterior renovations, an expanded cafeteria, and new technology to accommodate distance learning and professional development. The centerpiece to this project would be a brand new, fine arts building to be used for school assemblies, concerts, and other programs.
TURNERBATSON recognized Dr. Gonsoulin's desire to add "curb appeal" to the building's exterior by constructing classical-style columns in the front entrances of both the school and the fine arts center. While adding a classical feel to the campus, the addition uses matching masonry detailing to harmonize with the original building. Inside, the auditorium seats over 1,000 and is fully fitted with stage rigging, lighting, sound, and projection systems. Particular attention was paid to room acoustics with an acoustically designed ceiling shape and the use of sound reflector panels along the room sides. The stage incorporates an integral orchestra pit. The lobbies are spacious to provide ample room for activities outside of the auditorium. The distance learning room is fully equipped with a sound system, cameras, and a projection system. The addition also incorporates expansion of the existing administrative areas, including a new reception area, principal's office, work rooms, and conference rooms. The new field house includes locker areas, toilets, showers, coaching offices, classrooms, and a new weight room.